Varndell sets hat-trick record

  • Last Updated: January 12 2013, 19:46 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the Amlin Challenge Cup, as Wasps' Tom Varndell set a new record.

Tom Varndell: Hat-trick in 13 minutes
Tom Varndell: Hat-trick in 13 minutes

Tom Varndell responded to his England omission with the fastest hat-trick in Amlin Challenge Cup history as Wasps qualified for the quarter-finals.

Varndell grabbed his treble after just 13 minutes as Wasps made easy work of Italians Mogliano at Adams Park with a thumping 71-7 victory.

Wasps eventually ran in 11 tries as Chris Bell, James Cannon, Jack Wallace, Charlie Davies (two), Tom Lindsay, Marco Wentzel and Andrea Masi all followed.

The victory saw Wasps open a six-point lead over Bayonne with only one round of pool games remaining.

Varndell crossed in the opening minute and added two more in quick succession before Dai Young's side wrapped the bonus point up three minutes later through centre Bell.

Lock Cannon and wing Wallace also crossed before half-time while Davies kicked off the second half with a double.

Mogliano registered their solitary try through Edoardo Candiago which Enrico Endrizzi converted though Wasps resumed the rout to reach the knock-out stage.

Bath squeezed past Agen 19-16 to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

Tom Heathcote's penalty settled a tense clash at the Recreation Ground to extend Bath's 14-game unbeaten record in this tournament

It put the gloss on a mixed afternoon for the young fly-half who missed a string of kicks before landing two decisive penalties in the second half.

Heathcote traded early penalties with opposite number Raphael Lagarde before Wales prop Paul James scored Bath's only try for a 13-9 lead at half-time.

Lagarde was shown a yellow card on the 44th minute. Heathcote extended Bath's slender lead only for Agen to tie the scores through No 8 Uelenitoni Fono before striking the winner to secure top spot in Pool 4.

Elsewhere in Bath's group, Calvisano claimed their first win 34-20 against Bucuresti.

Worcester thrashed Femi-CZ Rovigo 80-17 in Italy thanks to 12 tries at Stadio Comune Mario Battaglini.

Josh Drauniniu grabbed a hat-trick as Worcester romped to their second 80-point away win in this campaign.

Nikki Walker, Blair Cowan and Max Stelling all crossed twice while Jake Abbott, Andy Short and Neil Best all weighed in as Worcester ran riot.

Danny Gray kicked 20 points yet that still may not be enough to progress with Perpignan sat in the driving seat in Pool 2 after winning 50-15 at Bizkaia Gernika.

Perpignan and Worcester are level on points in Pool Two though the French side will progress if they remain tied after out-scoring the Warriors three tries to one in their two meetings.

London Welsh claimed their first home European win after beating Cavalieri Prato 62-5 at the Kassam Stadium.

The Exiles ran in nine tries on their way to completing the double over the Italian minnows.

Lyn Jones' side left it late to win in Italy but got off to a flying start through Lee Beech after just seven minutes.

Hooker Daniel George, Jason Lewis and Tom Arscott then followed to wrap up a bonus point before half-time.

Aled Davies, Phillip Mackenzie and Arscott then confirmed the victory before Ashley Smith and Mike Hill crossed late.

Freddie Burns slotted over two late penalties to earn Gloucester a hard-fought 31-26 victory over Bordeaux and seal their spot in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Friday night.

Gloucester had looked set to lose their 100 per cent record as they trailed 26-25 heading into the final stages, but Burns capped a fine individual night with the boot with a brace of three-pointers in the 75th and 80th minutes that earned the Aviva Premiership side victory.

England international Burns, 22, finished with 26 points after notching eight penalties in total as well as converting Darren Dawiduik's try on the half-hour.

Bordeaux, who had led for large parts of the match, scored two first-half tries through Rafael Carballo and Tamato Leupolu but they could not hold on as Burns snatched the win for the visitors.

On Thursday night, London Irish kept their slim hopes of quarter-final qualification alive for 24 hours with a 20-14 win at Mont de Marsan.

A brace of tries from Jack Moates secured a third tournament win in five despite director of rugby Brian Smith naming a second-string side for the trip to France.

The Exiles built on last week's shock Aviva Premiership win at Kingsholm as scrum-half Moates crossed in each half in difficult conditions at the Stade Guy Boniface but Gloucester's victory eliminated them.

A late try from Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips gave Bayonne a 25-22 win over Newport Gwent Dragons at the Stade Jean Dauger but their failure to gain a try-scoring bonus point means Wasps can claim a place in the knockout stages with a five-point win over Italian minnows Mogliano.

Phillips crossed with four minutes remaining after a try from Lewis Evans and 17 points from Tom Prydie looked like earning the Dragons an away win.

The visitors led 16-6 at the break thanks to Evans' 21st-minute score but tries from David Roumieu and Sam Gerber after 54 and 64 minutes had Bayonne back within a point at 19-18.

Prydie made it a 22-18 with a fifth penalty after 68 minutes but Phillips had the final say.


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